Monday, October 6, 2014

October 8, 2014 Lunar Eclipse

There's a great astronomical viewing opportunity coming up if you live in Asia, Australia, North America, or South America.  On the morning of October 8, 2014, there is a total lunar eclipse.  Although not all that rare, it can be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years between total lunar eclipses at a given location.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves in a direct line between the Sun and the Moon.  The Earth blocks light from reaching the surface of the Moon and casts a shadow on the Moon.  During the total part of the eclipse, the Moon will appear reddish due to red light refracting through the Earth's atmosphere and reaching the surface of the Moon.

The exact time of the eclipse will vary depending on your location.  A great source to check the times for your location is:

October 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse

This is a great opportunity for you and your kids to observe the skies together!  Take advantage of it!

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